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Dan Aykroyd must have practiced for months to perfect his Jack Webb inflections for Dragnet. Screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz's directorial debut (also written by Mankiewicz, along with Aykroyd, and Alan Zweibel) is a gentle spoof of the legendary '50s television police drama -- pitting '50s conservatism smack up against the attitudes of the '80s. Basically, the film is another 48 Hours or Beverly Hills Cop clone. Aykroyd stars as Joe Friday, the nephew of the original Friday. But with his brown
Oct 27, 1998
MCA Universal Home Video
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Sgt. Joe Friday
Rev. Jonathan Whirle...
Capt. Bill Gannon
Police Commissioner ...
Officer Robin Gilber...
Phoney Cop #1
Jimmie F. Skaggs
Phoney Cop #2
Gary Lee Davis
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Entertaining enough, but a pity they didn't draft in more of the Eisenhower context.
Mr. Aykroyd and Mr. Hanks play well together, but the funniest performance in the film is that of Dabney Coleman, as the smut king (who lisps).
It simply doesn't come off, and the viewer will be left with an empty feeling, a vacuous notion that somehow the laugh scenes slipped by unnoticed. They were never really there.
Aykroyd's script has more than its share of clever, witty ideas, but the film still feels the need to descend way too often to Police Academy-style heroes-dress-up-like-idiots sequences.
Strident pop-culture revisionism.
A comedy classic, Hanks and Aykroyd are great
Quite a fun take-off of a boring TV show.
"the interplay of Aykroyd and Hanks makes it worthwhile"
Barely recommendable buddy-cop schtick-fest.
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